City of Saskatoon
All that you can see of a grader in the South Saskatchewan River is a yellow roof, with a corner of it slightly poking above the water.
The grader remains in the river after slipping in Tuesday morning while working on the Circle Drive South Project. The Saskatoon Fire Department said the machine stalled and slid into the river, but the driver managed to jump off of it before the grader hit the water.
Divers from the Saskatoon Fire Department were not able to assist with getting the grader out as the current is still to strong.
The Summer Playground programs in Saskatoon are underway.
By Friday, July 5, all locations will be open in the different neighborhoods.
The programs are for kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years old but those 6 and under need adult supervision.
Activities are free and will include water play, sports, crafts, games, music and more.
The City of Saskatoon says the river flow rate will start to slow down in the next 24 hours.
The Water Security Agency is expected to reduce the flow from the Gardiner dam by 25 per cent Friday afternoon.
That means the flow rate will drop from 2,000 to 1,500 cubic metres per second.
"Don't forget, our normal run is somewhere around 150 cubic metres per second, so we're still ten times our normal flow rates at this time," said Fire Chief Dan Paulsen at a debrief with media Friday morning.
The wolves, cougars, arctic foxes and wolverines at the Saskatoon zoo are among the animals that will be getting a new home.
The Saskatoon Zoo Foundation showed people Thursday a 3D video on how the new place will look.
One of the things the video showed was the new cougar and wolves' enclosures. They will be getting 15 to 20 times the size of space that they have right now.
"It will also allow the zoo to put smaller animals into air cages," said Barry Meissner, executive director of the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation.
When the city’s emergency manager’s office (EMO) recommended the Everbridge emergency notification system for Saskatoon, they failed to explain the process of how they came to select the vendor.
“Essentially what we were proposing in that report was a sole source, yet we didn’t include in the report why we were sole sourcing it,” said city manager Murray Totland.
Despite not having a defined plan for a new multi-unit residential development in Montgomery Place, city council has given the final green light to North Ridge Development.
Monday council debated whether or not to give final approval to North Ridge Development to build multi-unit housing on a 13-acre parcel of land in Montgomery at 11th Street and Lancaster Boulevard.
After an enquiry from Councillor Pat Lorje last fall, on Monday the city told council they have the ability to set up an independent commission to review the city council Code of Conduct, councillor compensation packages and campaign spending.
“Council has both the authority to set up these independent commissions and to outline their mandates,” said city solicitor Patricia Warwick.
“Then any recommendations and reviews these commissions would make, would then be brought to city council for a decision and changes to the code of conduct and policies.”
It's still smooth sailing for the Circle Drive South project, even though Saskatoon has had some rain recently.
Crews were even ahead of schedule for a while, said Doug Drever, manager in charge of the project with the City of Saskatoon.
"Probably up until about 10 days ago we were ahead of schedule and I still believe we'll finish up here in lots of time for the end of July," he said.
Over the past few days parts of the project have opened including along Valley Road near the landfill and parts around Preston Avenue.
Expect water levels to peak on the South Saskatchewan River Sunday evening.
The Water Security Agency increased the flow on the South Saskatchewan River to 2,000 cubic metres per second Sunday.
“It was expected we would see increased water levels 23 to 27 hours by the time it got here and we’re thinking supper time [Sunday] is when the levels will peak,” said Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services Chief Dan Paulsen.
Record levels of Alberta flood waters flowing into Saskatchewan have caused the City of Saskatoon to brace for possible flooding.
The City will restrict access to low lying areas along the Meewasin Valley Trail starting Saturday at 3 p.m.
Residents won't be able to access Spadina Crescent and the MWT at Ravine Drive, the lower trail along the Mendal Art Gallery - including the ferry and lookout - and the River Landing lower trail between the Traffic Bridge and Sid Buckwold Bridge.